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Challenges for General Mills with The Good Table

General Mills launched a "mealtime solution" brand, The Good Table, in the US last week, targeting the millennial consumer on the look-out f...

Greek crisis - The impact on shopper behaviour

The economic turmoil in Greece has been one of the biggest business stories of the year. But what kind of effects has the crisis had on the...

Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy?

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal fo...

How soda is drawing fire from food in Mexico obesity battle 24 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks at the effect the parallel tax on calorie-dense foods has had on consumers and on food companies.

What the Dave's Killer Bread deal means for Flowers Foods 20 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the organic bread space and extends its geographic reach in the US, two things it has had on its wish list for some time. Hannah Abdulla explores.

How attractive could Iran be for food majors? 19 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with access to a population of 80m consumers, a majority of which is under 35 and increasingly on the lookout for branded goods. However, establishing a foothold is unlikely to be straightforward. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Kraft Heinz sales do not wow but earnings outlook bright 17 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

Kraft Heinz Co. last week gave some indication of the financial performance of its constituent parts when the newly-formed company published second-quarter numbers for the former Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz, the last periods as independent entities before the merger closed in July. Lacklustre sales trends remain but the group is also positioned to meet its long-term margin potential and could emerge a beneficiary of potential sector consolidation. Katy Askew reports.

Nestle first-half results – 8 things to learn 14 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle saw organic sales increase 4.5% in the first half of 2015 and confirmed it is on track to meet full-year guidance of growth of "around 5%". The company pushed through efficiency initiatives it is feeding back into marketing investment and said it is starting to see a turnaround in its problem areas – US frozen and China. However, the company remained cautious on the outlook for China while the impact of the Maggi recall in India weighed. Here are just-food's key takeaways from Nestle's first half.

BRICs and beyond: How the Vietnam-EU trade deal will benefit food makers 14 Aug 2015

Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff

A free trade agreement initialled between the European Union and Vietnam last week, is set to stimulate trade for both the European and Vietnamese processed, packaged and branded food industries. Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff investigate who stands to gain and why.

On the money: Hershey stands firm as China woes laid bare 10 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

That China is central to Hershey's challenges at the moment was underlined on Friday after the US confectioner booked a second-quarter loss of almost US$100m following an impairment charge on local subsidiary Shanghai Golden Monkey.

On the money: Buoyant WhiteWave Foods has some challenges in US 10 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

WhiteWave Foods raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting growth across the majority of its businesses. However, the outlook for the Earthbound Farm and Silk owner's packaged fresh and premium dairy businesses in the US appears somewhat challenging.

10 Things to Learn: Why Kellogg believes it is on the road to recovery 5 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Kellogg reported a second quarter of declining profits and sales but on a conference call with investors yesterday, the management team insisted it is taking the right steps to position itself for long-term growth. Here is just-food's take on the latest numbers, recent performance and outlook for the business.

Analysis: Child labour in cocoa on rise but some see progress 5 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

The report from Tulane University into the use of child labour in cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, published last week, revealed a 21% rise in the number of child labourers over the past five years and a 15.5% increase in the prevalence of child labour in cocoa-growing areas. Ben Cooper examines the report which, despite the alarming headline aggregate growth, reflects some underlying progress.

Foodservice focus July 2015 – innovation, expansion, McDonald's and Yum! 4 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

As busy global consumers feel they face ever tightening schedules, they are increasingly looking for out-of-home options for various eating occasions. The foodservice sector is an area of growing importance for food manufacturers. In order to appropriately address the needs of the channel, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the trade. And last month's key developments demonstrate how operators are attempting to use innovation to strengthen their appeal.

Analysis: US-Switzerland deal another sign of blossoming international organic trade 3 Aug 2015

Ben Cooper

The equivalency deal on organic standards agreed between the US and Switzerland is the latest in a series of bi-lateral agreements bolstering the international trade in organic commodities and fostering the development of the organic food market. Ben Cooper reports.

On the money: Pricing, productivity pay off for Mondelez 31 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Actions taken on pricing and moves to improve productivity appear to be paying off for Mondelez International.

BRICs and beyond: Kam Tai's quality, health focus brings success in China 31 Jul 2015

Wang Fangqing

Last year, more than 400 local companies in Dongguan, a major manufacturing city in China's southerly Guangdong province, went bankrupt as China's economy slowed. In stark contrast, one local bakery company - Dongguan Kam Tai Foods - earned CNY1.1bn (US$177.1m) in revenue and it is expecting to see sales grow 20% in 2015. Wang Fangqing investigates Kam Tai's recipe for success.

Analysis: Unilever's plan to grow global ice cream sales, margins 31 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

Unilever is the world's largest ice cream maker but the FMCG giant is not resting on its laurels. Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments, plans to grow Unilever's ice cream sales and margins ahead of the group average – while also gaining share of the global ice cream market. This will be achieved through a focus premiumisation, innovation and expanding out-of-home consumption across the world. Katy Askew reports.

Talking shop July 2015 – online dictates retailers' strategy 30 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing 24 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential in emerging and developed markets.

On the money: Mead Johnson wrestles with "irrational" China market 24 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Mead Johnson's business in China has come under pressure and was a factor in the US infant formula group's profit warning earlier this month. Low dairy costs and downbeat consumer sentiment have sparked fierce competition on price and Mead Johnson is uncertain when conditions will ease. But it insists it is investing for long-term growth in the country.

10 things to learn: Campbell Soup Co.'s plans for growth 23 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

Campbell Soup Co. is undergoing some significant changes in response to a new economic reality and shifting consumer preferences. These changes are both structural and cultural. On the one hand, the group wants to leverage its scale, on the other, it recognises the need to be "agile" and adopt a "challenger mindset".

Deal or no deal: Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant? 22 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green Giant and Bonduelle's existing business is a natural one and the move would significantly step up the French group's presence in North America. However, Green Giant has seen lacklustre sales and its market share decline. Would Bonduelle move for a turnaround story? Katy Askew investigates.

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